Sunscreen Prevents Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious of skin cancers, so much so that prevention is key. We know to use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, reduce sun exposure during sun intense times of the day, and if you’re fair skinned, stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible. Up until now, there was no research that proved sunscreen prevented melanoma. We’ve known sunburn can lead to melanoma, and sunscreen prevents sunburn, but not a direct correlation that sunscreen prevents melanoma. Enter the mouse model, a little 30 SPF sunscreen and UVB light which is the ultraviolet light that burns the skin.

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Day Defense Plus 25 SPF Sunscreen by Apriori Beauty

A study done by Cristin Burd, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics at The OSUCCC — James, showed that “application of sun protection factor 30 (SPF30) sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model.” [Read more…]

Cleansing to Nourish and Protect Your Skin

Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, and other impurities from the skin’s surface and in pores. It is the first step in improving skin appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps skin functioning in a healthful manner!

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When cleansing, it is essential that you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects skin against bacteria and moisture loss. [Read more…]

Get Rid of Varicose Veins with a Medical Food

Varicose veins and Spider veins starting to show up on your legs? A little ankle swelling here and there? Achy legs and feet after walking?

http://healthybodydaily.com/health/dr-oz-hesperidin-for-varicose-veins/

Varicose Veins – Spider Veins

There’s a new treatment approved by the FDA, touting great results, available by prescription now.

Vasculera is a new treatment for dietary management of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is being classified as a “Medical Food”. (Is chocolate a medical food?)

First let’s talk about what your doctor needs to find out before he will write out the prescription. He/she will need to take a thorough history of how long you’ve had the veins or swelling, what makes them worse, and better and other influencing factors. If he decides the symptoms of CVI are not due to any internal condition that needs attention, you will be on to the next test.

Ultrasound – You will be scheduled for ultrasonic evaluation of the valves of your major and minor veins in your legs. They will do real time evaluation of the integrity of each valve starting at the top of your thighs to the ankles, pressing on areas lower than the valves to watch it handle a burst of blood flow. You will be asked to take a deep breath, hold it and bear down to see the competency of the valves, making sure there’s no leaking or backflow which leads to pooling, swelling and varicosities. [Read more…]

Blue, Green Clays Kill Skin Bacteria

Blue and green clays have long been known, together with other clays and “muds,” to have cleansing and healing properties. The minerals within the different clays act on skin cells to pull out impurities and break down bacteria. Mud baths have a reputation for being cleansing and restorative, and now have scientific evidence to back up testimonials and claims.
Looking specifically at blue and green clays, scientists at Arizona State University have deciphered the mechanisms by which these clays break down and destroy pathogenic bacterial cells in the skin.

“Lynda Williams, a clay-mineral scientist at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE)… (explains) “One metallic element — chemically reduced iron, which in small amounts is required by a bacterial cell for nutrition — tricks the cell into opening its wall. Then another element — aluminum — props the cell wall open, allowing a flood of iron to enter the cell. This overabundance of iron then poisons the cell, killing it as the reduced iron becomes oxidized.””

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells. Image by ASU

Working in tandem, chemically reduced iron (Fe2+) and aluminum (Al3+) in blue clays can kill pathogenic bacteria, such as these E. coli cells.

“After testing dozens of samples, Williams and her team identified a blue-colored clay from the Oregon Cascades that proved to be highly antibacterial. The research reported in the paper shows that it works against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including antibiotic-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).”

This is an incredibly useful discovery, with a vast horizon of applications. When someone is diagnosed with CAMRSA (Community Acquired Methcillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or MRSA, besides treatment with the potent antibiotic Vancomycin, and the possibility of a boil or abcess requiring incision/draining and packing with antimicrobial poultices, could we now apply a blue or green clay to the wound? Can these types of clay be ingested, and if so, how will the clay know where to find the brewing infection? Will regular mud baths prohibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria on the skin’s surface, useful as a preventative treatment, especially for someone who has had MRSA in the past? Is there a possibility of increased iron levels in the blood, or iron toxicity with regular use?

I have been using a blue and green 3-clay masque twice a week on my face for over a year now. It is useful to detoxify my skin, as well as remove dead skin cells. Every week or two, it will result in the development of a deep acne cyst. This particular clay masque acts to purify the skin by pulling pollutants from it. And pull pollutants, it does.

There are three types of clay in it — Kaolin, Bentonite and French Montmorillonite clays.  Each clay is high mineral content, exfoliates, stimulates blood circulation, and removes debris from pores.

They help to chelate (attach to) heavy metals, remove toxins from the skin, and aid the skin in guarding against future oxidative environmental exposure.

There’s also the added plant based ingredients of Chamomile, Green Tea, Ivy, Goji Berry, Caffeine and Cucumber, plus hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.

It’s a lovely 3- Clay Masque call Pure Detox Masque.

Story Source:

The above quotes are from a post reprinted from materials provided by Arizona State University. The original item was written by Robert Burnham. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Keith D. Morrison, Rajeev Misra, Lynda B. Williams. Unearthing the Antibacterial Mechanism of Medicinal Clay: A Geochemical Approach to Combating Antibiotic Resistance. Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 19043 DOI: 10.1038/srep19043

Arizona State University. “How blue and green clays kill bacteria.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 January 2016. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160111121446.htm>.

Bye Bye Microbeads

Microbeads are now a thing of the past. Once advertised as a great way to mechanically exfoliate your skin, research from Oregon State University has found them to negatively affect the environment. Once microbeads have worked to remove your dead skin cells, they don’t dissolve, and as they float away through your plumbing, they move along out to the ocean where sea life consume them. Microbeads then become a part of the food chain when we eat fish and other sea creatures who ingest the beads. This is something I really don’t want to think about too long. You, either?

http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/30178/20150918/8-trillion-tiny-microbeads-enter-water-sources-each-day-scientists.htm

Now there is a ban on products containing microbeads, which leads all of us regular mechanical exfoliators to proclaim “now what will we do?”

I have a great remedy, even better than microbeads, and it’s been around a long, long time – think even your great, great grandmother used it! It’s granulated sugar. Yes, sugar.

Sugar scrubs and sugaring have been shown to be excellent exfoliators, and as lovely as massaging sugar over our skin sounds, it is wonderful in case some slips into your mouth (versus a microbead!). The most wonderful thing I love about the effectiveness of a sugar scrub, besides that it really does move the old skin cells along beautifully, preventing ingrown hairs and giving a much smoother shaving experience, is that is melts as you massage it into your skin. No more fish ingesting beads!

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Apriori Beauty’s Sugar Beet Crystal Scrub!

I love the Sugar Beet Crystal and Enzyme Activated Scrub from Apriori Beauty. Great for your face and body. Very, very gritty, giving you an excellent exfoliation, and dissolves as you continue to massage it around.

Testimonial:

The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is my little heaven in a bottle! I have found that when I exfoliate correctly and hydrate my skin with the nutrients in the entire Celloxylin line, my skin is finally normalized. I received a facial the other day and the therapist must have asked me four times, “What products do you use?” I am so happy with my results..!

Melanoma – Quickly Learn Your Risk

Melanoma is serious, which is why any way to find out if we could be at a higher risk for it is a good thing.

http://www.lookfordiagnosis.com/mesh_info.php?term=Nevus&lang=1

A mole (nevus)

“Researchers at King’s College London have investigated a new method that could be used by General Practitioners to quickly determine the number of moles on the entire body by counting the number found on a smaller ‘proxy’ body area, such as an arm.”

The number of moles on a particular area of the arm can be used to pretty accurately determine the risk for developing melanoma. In the absence of suspicious moles, this is a very simple way to send a warning to go see a dermatologist on a regular basis so he/she gets to know your moles, has a diagram of their location on your body and description of them documented. Over time, if they change or new ones form, your doctor will have a clearer idea of how to care for them and when to biopsy or remove.

“Scientists found that the count of moles on the right arm was most predictive of the total number on the whole body. Females with more than seven moles on their right arm had nine times the risk of having more than 50 on the whole body and those with more than 11 on their right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body in total, meaning they were at a higher risk of developing a melanoma.”

I will be counting mine and letting my Dermatologist in on this new research finding, as well.

Start counting yours, too!

“Scientists also found that the area above the right elbow was particularly predictive of the total body count of moles. The legs were also strongly associated with the total count as well as the back area in males.”

Read more about this research at Science Daily

…where they describe a mole as being a nevus (- usually dark brown and basically flat).

 

Peptides for a Younger Looking You

Ever wondered what those magical ingredients were in your anti-aging products and what they actually did to decrease aging’s effects on your skin? Peptides are one of anti-aging’s most desired ingredients, because of the effects they have on the natural support structures within your skin. They are short sequences of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that are similar in structure to proteins, but shorter in length.

Peptides

They play a significant role in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Collagen and elastin are the flexible lattice within the skin that helps maintain its structure and youthful elasticity. Some also block the transmission of nerve signals to facial muscles. [Read more…]

Ultrasound Speeds Wound Healing

A recent study using ultrasound therapy on wounds of diabetics and the elderly has shown some very promising results for decreasing time for healing. This will be such a great treatment, especially for those with diabetes, who have poor circulation, with wound infections which sometimes progress into very serious infections.

“Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol have found.”   – Science Daily

How does Ultrasound Wave Therapy Work? [Read more…]

Waking Up Aging Skin Cells

As we age, our cells get sleepy, slowing down, becoming less efficient at performing their youthful productive processes. When it comes to skin cells, this means less collagen, elastin and more aging skin.

https://www.healthtap.com/topics/preauricular-lymph-node-pain

Aging and Youthful Skin

Much of the focus of treating aging cells has targeted oxidative stress. Overproduction and accumulation of free radicals causes inflammation throughout the body as we age. A new study has shown that the production of free radicals in our youth may be beneficial, but as we age, produces the symptoms of aging seen especially in our skin. [Read more…]

Skin Issues from Gluten Sensitivity

Having mild symptoms from gluten sensitivity for years, I’ve limited my intake of gluten and brought the fatigue, aches, pains and fuzzy thinking under control. Even the inflammation measurements (gliadin levels) came way down. Until recently, which was when I saw these yummy looking cookies that reminded me of pleasant times, and I started stocking up on them and eating them daily as a reward for dealing with stressful days.

http://cookery-ideas.co.uk/keeping-simple-french-palmiers/

French Palmiers are a lovely cookie that has two basic ingredients – puff pastry (wheat flour and butter) and sugar. Roll out the puff pastry, sprinkle generously with sugar, then roll them up from each side until the meet. Cut them crosswise, then lay flat on a cookie tray, adding more sugar to the top before baking. In the oven, the sugar caramelizes and when cooled, provides a sweet crunchy treat like no other. My mouth is watering now just sharing the recipe.

I digress. Where am I going with this?

Well, after a few weeks of daily consumption, I started noticing acne cysts forming in groups on my scalp. Mind you, it took a few weeks to figure out it was the gluten (okay, the cookies) that was causing it. I even changed shampoos, changed conditioners, went to a dandruff shampoo, stopped using my electric rollers, went to just a curling iron, then went without hair gel, stopped using hairspray, and nothing seemed to make it go away (all the while wishing my then-turned-ugly-and-dried-out-hair would go away), until I decided to cut out all gluten. There it was.

Within a day, there were no new cysts. The following day, I attended a reception at my favorite french bistro, and ate some tarte tartin, and a couple of lovely cheeses on slices of baguette. Next morning, they were back. Ugh!

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (not related to herpes) is an allergy of the IgA system. (Whereas common allergies like dust, cats, and foods, are a response of IgE), IgA is an antibody produced in the lining of the intestines. The usual allergy treatments are useless.

The rash is caused when gluten in the diet combines with IgA, and together they enter the blood stream and circulate. They eventually clog up the small blood vessels in the skin. This attracts white blood cells (neutrophils), and releases powerful chemicals called complements. They actually create the rash.” American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

http://healthh.com/dermatitis-herpetiformis/

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

The “rash” is clusters of raised, red lesions, very itchy and painful. They can develop blisters or pustules at the tips. Elbows, knees, scalp, buttocks and back may be affected.

The allergic response originates from the intestine as a result of the gastrointestinal system’s allergic response to wheat / gluten.

Diagnosis can be made definitively by biopsy. Treatment consists of very strict gluten-free diet and a medication that does have side effects.

To read more details about DH, feel free to visit this Emedicine.Medscape article:

Dermatitis Herpetiformis

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Beet Juice Increases Muscle Power?

Just the thought of beets puts a sour look on most peoples’ faces. I’m one of the few who loves beets, red or gold, hot or cold. You either love ’em or hate ’em. Now there’s a reason to at least try them.

http://www.useloveshare.com/FIC/candace/science/?m=3&i=26

Scientists have evidence that Popeye was right: spinach makes you stronger. But it’s the high nitrate content in the leafy greens — not the iron — that creates the effect. Building on a growing body of work that suggests dietary nitrate improves muscle performance in many elite athletes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that drinking concentrated beet juice — also high in nitrates — increases muscle power in patients with heart failure.” (Cardiology fellow Nishtha Sodhi, M.D)….According to the study authors, including Andrew Coggan, Ph.D., and Linda Peterson, M.D., the magnitude of the improvement is comparable to that seen in heart failure patients who have done two to three months of resistance training.  (Credit: Robert Boston)
Spinach, beets, celery and leafy greens like arugula all contain Nitrates which when broken down in our body’s metabolic chemical pathways, produces Nitric Acid.
Nitric acid causes our blood vessels to dilate, and relax, which allows for greater flow of blood to our organs and muscles. Increasing the relaxation of blood vessels improves oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles when there is increase demand, such as during exercise.

 “It’s a small study, but we see robust changes in muscle power about two hours after patients drink the beet juice,” said senior author Linda R. Peterson, MD, associate professor of medicine. “A lot of the activities of daily living are power-based — getting out of a chair, lifting groceries, climbing stairs. And they have a major impact on quality of life. We want to help make people more powerful because power is such an important predictor of how well people do, whether they have heart failure, cancer or other conditions. In general, physically more powerful people live longer.”

Quotes taken from the discussion at Science Daily dot com.

Read the full discussion at ScienceDaily or click on the Citation link below if you enjoy reading research!

I’m all for living healthier longer, and will continue taking my daily beet juice supplement contained in Lifeoxlyin.


Story Source:

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Washington University School of Medicine. The original item was written by Julia Evangelou Strait. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Andrew R. Coggan, Joshua L. Leibowitz, Catherine Anderson Spearie, Ana Kadkhodayan, Deepak P. Thomas, Sujata Ramamurthy, Kiran Mahmood, Soo Park, Suzanne Waller, Marsha Farmer, Linda R. Peterson. Acute Dietary Nitrate Intake Improves Muscle Contractile Function in Patients With Heart FailureCLINICAL PERSPECTIVE. Circulation: Heart Failure, 2015; 8 (5): 914 DOI: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.115.002141

Ultrasonic Wave Therapy

More often I’m reading about ultrasonic wave therapy used in skin care treatments, mostly as an anti-aging treatment. Turns out there are some excellent benefits from regular treatments with ultrasonic waves. Just what is it?

Ultrasound wave technology uses sound waves that are greater than the upper limit of human hearing. These waves generate approximately 5 million vibrations per second and generate heat that raises the skin temperature by 0.5 – 1.0°C, benefiting skin by: [Read more…]

Protect Yourself from Sun Damage

Are you frustrated trying to understand the difference between UVA and UVB sun damage, let alone what SPF means? Here’s a great discussion about everything from ultraviolet rays to best ways to protect yourself from sun damage, to how to know which SPF is right for you, from the Mayo Clinic and Apriori Beauty:

http://beautynbuzz.com/choose-sunscreen/

Protect Yourself from the Harmful Rays of the Sun

Sun Protection 101

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best sunscreen is one that you’ll use generously and according to label directions. Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, offers the following guidance … [Read more…]

Bone Broth – Tried it yet?

Bone broth is gaining popularity among those seeking healthy living, wellness and disease prevention. I began to seriously think about trying some when someone asked me what I thought about it for aiding healing of Crohn’s and Celiac’s diseases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_broth

Pot of Bone Broth Simmering on the Stove

Dr. David Samadi recently posted about bone broth:

“Bone broth is made by boiling animal bones, herbs, and vegetables into a flavorful, bone-marrow filled pot. Experts believe bone broth helps with digestion, joint pain, memory, and dull skin. “

In his post about Bone Broth Cocktails, he discusses the many benefits from drinking this magical broth, which includes an excellent source of minerals, healing the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, decreasing inflammation throughout the body, and boosting the amount of collagen and elastin available to our joints, skin and nails.

My Whole Foods Market has started selling it by the cupful, in chicken, turkey and beef varieties. Today, I waited and waited for it to be readied for serving until I could wait no more as my frozen items in my shopping cart were melting. I am intent on trying it. Not sure about the cocktail unless it is a hot toddy before going to bed. Now that sounds very relaxing, comforting and probably a very good time to drink it, as your body may absorb the nutrients better as you rest though the night.

Have you tried bone broth yet? If so, what are your thoughts, why do you drink it and what health or beauty benefits are you experiencing?

Vibrant Summer Skin

Tips for Vibrant Summer Skin by Candy Dye

I highly recommend exfoliating consistently in the summer to nourish your skin, which just as important as exfoliating to keep your skin hydrated in winter. Exfoliating in the summer helps to prevent dry, damaged skin due to rising heat temps and exposure to sun. [Read more…]

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